Was meeting two longtime-no-see friends for lunch and we decided the best place to find a restaurant that will appeal to all our tastebuds was down at Kampong Glam (which is fast becoming a favourite haunt of mine). After walking up and down the most popular streets (Arab, Bussorah, Haji Lane, etc), we settled for the halal-certified #Bumbu restaurant at #KandaharStreet.
Bumbu serves Thai-Indonesian cuisine, housed surprisingly in a very quaint Perankan shophouse. For a moment we thought it was a fancy place but it just simply well-decorated with beautiful furniture, with comfortable ambiences in both its dining areas upstairs and downstairs.
Bumbu’s menu is decently extensive with a good range of appetisers, meats, seafood, vegetables, noodles and rice, and desserts.
As we were severely hungry by the time we sat down, we decided to go for the signature dishes. For an Indonesian choice, we opted for Tahu Telor which was a very good choice as the tahu (fried tofu) was fresh and crispy and the peanut sauce sweet and delicious.
For Thai, the Tom Yum Seafood Soup was another good choice as it was chock-full of ingredients such as mushrooms and seafood items such as squids, prawns and fish. Not to mention it offered the right amount of tom yum spiciness.
Eyeing other tables, we noticed that the Cereal Soft Shell Crab so we ordered that. And yup, it was as good as it looked on the other tables. 🙂
We thought we probably need a meat item but the Beef Rendang was rather disappointing. It looked good and the gravy was fine but the meat wasn’t very exciting. It wasn’t tough but it wasn’t very tender either. Probably was having a bad day. Should have gone for the Pandan Leaf chicken instead…
Veggie wise you can’t really go wrong with Sambal Kangkong and we have no complaints about this one.
Of course, all of the above were washed down with white rice and accompanied by these really tasty prawn crackers. We didn’t go for desserts by the end as we were too full – too much rice and crackers – and also we ordered Chendol as our drinks.
All in all, the three of us paid about $35 each which is decent for a restaurant. The food is value for money and it’s a place I would come again if I’m with a number of friends.
Bumbu Restaurant is at 44 Kandahar Street, opens from Tue to Sun, 11am-3pm and 6-10pm.